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Who is Christoph Freund - the latest candidate for Chelsea sporting director?

Red Bull Salzburg’s Christoph Freund is emerging as a candidate for Chelsea for the new sporting director role. Talks have been positive, but other candidates remain in the frame. A final decision is expected in the next few weeks, as Todd Boehly wants a new director as soon as possible.

Freund was already approached for a role at RB Leipzig, staying into RB group - but he's always been really happy at Salzburg. Many of Salzburg stars have joined the clubs thanks to Freund, including Benjamin Sesko and Erling Haaland (who was already "famous" at Molde, of course).

He's great with identifying talents and has a vision for the future, this is why he's one of the most attractive candidates for Chelsea.

Graham Potter having a positive impact at Chelsea

This evening we’ll finally get to see Graham Potter take charge of his first game as Chelsea manager as they take on Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League.

It’s an interesting change of direction for the Blues, but so far I’m hearing positive things - the impact in training between Potter and Chelsea players has been described as very, very good.

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